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 (sĭ-mā′sē-ŏl′ə-jē, -zē-)

[Greek sēmasiā, meaning (from sēmainein, to signify; see semantic) + -logy.]

se·ma′si·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
se·ma′si·ol′o·gist n.


(Linguistics) another name for semantics
[C19: from Greek sēmasia meaning, from sēmainein to signify + -logy]
semasiological adj
seˌmasioˈlogically adv
seˌmasiˈologist n


(sɪˌmeɪ siˈɒl ə dʒi, -zi-)

semantics, esp. the study of semantic change.
[1875–80; < Greek sēmasí(a) signal, mark, meaning (derivative of sēmaínein; see semantic) + -o- + -logy]
se•ma`si•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
se•ma`si•ol′o•gist, n.

semasiology, sematology

See also: Linguistics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.semasiology - the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning
semantics - the study of language meaning
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Accordingly, she uses a triple perspective approach: the data of each sub-period are presented onomasiologically, semasiologically, as well as from the perspective of base categories (such as 'substances' or 'animal designations').
Caie opens with a semasiologically insufficient statement by Peter Clemoes on Old English lexis, nuclei of meaning, symbols of integrated experience, aggregates of traditional associations rather than words delimited intellectually, as is most of our present-day vocabulary', not to reject it for Old English as much as for Modern English, but to approve.
York's processional staging may be analyzed semasiologically as a deliberate echo of Jesus' entry into sinful and corrupt Jerusalem and royal "triumphal" entries into medieval cities.